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Warrior

Warrior

 

I saw a post that someone was trying to find help with a horse that had punctured his eye.  The eye was going to need to be removed.  He belonged to a 16 year old girl.  She was crushed because her parents said that they were not in a position to pay the 500 dollar veterinary bill to remove the eye.  The Vet said that they eye could not be saved and the only possible solution was to remove it.  The family said they could not pay this amount so the horse would have to be euthanized.  This girl was looking for someone that would take the horse and pay the bill.  She did not want any money for the horse, just to find someone willing to take on a one eyed horse and pay for the care that he needed. 

 

Due to limited resources I was not quick to agree.  The cost associated with the surgery alone was daunting, but to combine that with the cost of possible complications was not something that I thought the sanctuary should be taking on in these tough economic times.  Then my mind raced to a hospitalized Veteran that I had recently begun to fight for.  It is going to be a long time before he can make a trip to the sanctuary.  He was injured during an IED explosion in Afghanistan recently and has spent the last 9 week in a VA hospital in San Antonio.  He lost both of his legs, had severe injuries to his arm.  Burns over much of his body as well as internal injuries sustained during the blast.  I thought this young man is fighting to stay alive, what is the big deal about giving a horse a second chance that is going to lose an eye.  I said a prayer, and asked my online media friends of the sanctuary to pray as well and asked for guidance in making this tough decision about the little horse.  The first response was from this young man’s father.  “Buy it”, he said “still a good horse” that sealed the deal.  If this father, while sitting with his son could take the time to say give this horse a second chance, which was the sign that I needed to go forward.  Next another friend from back east sent a message.  “I will send the first 100 dollars to pay for the vet bill.”  It was beginning to look as though the message was loud and clear to give this horse a new home.  Finally a friend offered to drive up and pick up the horse and bring it back here at her expense.  We decided that this little brown Quarter horse would indeed come to live at the sanctuary.  He would be here to show that even when hope is almost gone, a little faith can carry you through.  He will be here to give courage in the face of adversity, strength when hope is just a word, and the example that any injury can be overcome with support from those around you.  The little brown horse comes to TVS with a new name, Warrior, fitting as he will be here to give support and courage to those that fight the battle against their injuries sustained in a far off land fighting a war,

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